NMSSI courses feature award-winning professors

Judy Walker, Christine Kelley and Erin Blankenship
Judy Walker, Christine Kelley and Erin Blankenship

The Nebraska Math and Science Summer Institutes (NMSSI) coordinators seek to offer the best instruction possible to Nebraska's K-12 math and science teachers. The goal is to offer rich courses that include challenging experiences designed to strengthen content and pedagogical knowledge, delivered by outstanding instructors – whether University faculty or K-12 teacher leaders. Three NMSSI instructors were recently the recipients of prestigious teaching awards sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Judy Walker, Chair of the Department of Mathematics, was named the 2012 Aaron Douglas Professor. This award is given to a faculty member holding the full professor rank who demonstrates sustained and extraordinary levels of teaching excellence and national visibility for instructional activities and/or practice. Walker (who has been the recipient of several additional teaching awards) is scheduled to teach NMSSI course Math 806T: Number Theory and Cryptology for Secondary Teachers in Lincoln, July 9-13, in Summer 2012.

Christine Kelley, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, received a 2012 Arts & Science College Teaching Award for her excellence in teaching. Kelley will be the instructor for NMSSI course Math 804T: Experimentation, Conjecture & Reasoning in Lincoln, June 18-22.

Erin Blankenship, Associate Professor of Statistics, was awarded a 2012 Holling Family Award for Teaching Excellence in Agriculture and Natural Resources. Blankenship will be the instructor for STAT 892: Statistics for High School Teachers, June 4-15 in Lincoln, in Summer 2012.

To find out more about NMSSI courses being offered this summer, visit our website at http://scimath.unl.edu/nmssi.

More details at: http://go.unl.edu/j07